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March 30, 2015 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

 

The deficit

In George Osborne’s first budget in June 2010, the prediction was that “the cyclically-adjusted or structural current deficit will be eliminated by 2014-15″.

The national debt was expected to peak at 70.3 per cent of GDP in 2013-14.

The latest forecasts say the deficit will now not be eliminated until 2017/18 and public sector net debt will peak at 80.4 per cent of GDP in 2014-15 – about double its pre-crisis level. (more…)

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March 24, 2015 12 Comments By Patrick Worrall

All the main parties say the NHS will be safe in their hands. But how will they plug what experts say is a £30bn funding gap?

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March 23, 2015 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

Ed Miliband made a big pitch to voters today in a speech to the Labour faithful in Clydebank. Some opinion polls are suggesting the party could face a landslide defeat by the SNP north of the

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Before the last election, Nick Clegg said it was “time to say goodbye to broken promises”. Did he keep his word?

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March 19, 2015 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Labour says people are £1,600 worse off under the coalition. George Osborne says we will be £900 better off. Who’s right?

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March 18, 2015 16 Comments By Patrick Worrall

We’ve already looked at the pre-election promises David Cameron made but failed to deliver after becoming Prime Minister. Now it’s Labour’s turn.

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March 17, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

What David Cameron said would happen before the last election – and what really happened.

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March 13, 2015 1 Comment By Patrick Worrall

The Conservatives are urging their supporters to “share the facts” about the party’s achievements in government. Should that be “share the fiction?”

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